we concluded that ageing and disease were dictated by the
mind. This time, we will explore the exact steps for attaining
the correct thinking and thereby control ageing.
to the point, correct thinking will be achieved by developing
a positive psychological perspective. To do this:
- Think present
- Think beautiful
- Think young
- Eat right
How do we know we have aged?
When we talk
more of the past than of the present or future, we've become
old. "When I was your age…" OR "those were the good ol' days…"
Look at your
life span as having a starting point and a finishing
point - you are somewhere in between. When you talk in
terms of the past, you psychologically tend to view yourself
towards the finishing end of the tape, because you are viewing
your past at a considerable distance away. This conditions
your mind to accept that you are old.
If on the other
hand, you look into the future - "I'll do this after another
5years…", you convince your mind that you have a long way
to go and this in turn conditions the body to let it know
that it has a long way to go.
lies the catch. Thinking too far into the future arouses anxiety
and fear of the unknown. These emotions are detrimental to
the self, so it is not advisable to think too far down the
- Live in the Present. Past evokes death while future evokes
fear and worry. Think of the past as gone and think of the
future as unborn. There is no need to worry about an unborn
situation. Simply because, the unborn is based on far too
many variables - much more than you can imagine or be in control
Therefore, live for the Moment.
This is what
meditation in yoga is all about. It helps you achieve this
awareness of the present. When you are meditating, you are
training yourself to witness your present existence only -
not trying to achieve anything. Similarly when you do yoga
exercises, you are supposed to be focusing only on the physical
motions and on the 'chakras' for the correct stimulation of
the energy centers. The important thing to note is that yoga
and meditation help you live in the present.
You may have
met certain elderly people who have a remarkable luster on
their faces and the bright sparkle in their eye. If you've
been lucky to meet such people you will invariably see that
such people have a very positive outlook towards other people
and life in general. They look beautiful because they think
beautiful and this is what makes them appealing. Isn't such
attractiveness a part of what we are trying to achieve by
Here too, yoga
is a great help. Through yoga we achieve an "expanded consciousness".
It is said that the human race is as developed 'physically'
as it possibly can be. The next phase of evolution will be
in the mind. It is known that we effectively use only about10%
of our mind as the conscious part - it is said that Einstein
used about 15%.
achieve this expanded consciousness. As you work towards it,
you will realize the inconsequentiality of petty egos and
material desire. This in turn will help you to look at everything
objectively and in a positive and beautiful manner.
Be in young
company and you will think young. It is known that a baby
can laugh up to about 400 times a day while we as adults (if
we're lucky) laugh about 4. Why? What is this burden that
alters our natural instincts? Especially, when we hear true
incidents such as that of Dr. Norman Cousins who overcame
his life threatening tissue disease through laughter alone!!
Ok, I'm not suggesting that you start gurgling at anything
you see (no sir, I wouldn't like my subscribers being perceived
as mentally challenged individuals) but what I'm definitely
suggesting is that as you appreciate the perceptions of
youth, this will help you think young. In turn, your body
will behave young.
While it may
be true that cancer kills, it is known that the anxiety and
fear associated with the disease ensures the rapid deterioration
of the immune system.
Is it possible,
that the will to live can have a therapeutic value? Yoga definitely
teaches so and the practice and results of Yoga Nidra
is nothing but an underlining of this fact.
Have a "living"
diet: As discussed in the previous issue, your food must complement
your thought and assist in the correct thinking. It is
seen that preserved and formula foods in fact never achieve
the lasting purpose they are made for. At best, they may provide
a temporary benefit, which is followed by greater malady.
and live in harmony with nature. Foods such as sprouts, fresh
vegetables and seasonal fruits are known as "living" foods.
They have the power to regenerate the cells of the body and
mind. Nuts and other whole foods also come in this category.
To read about the correct foods, you can always read one of
our previous newsletter issues by
foods in turn promote "correct" thinking - the thinking we
are seeking to achieve that ONE quest from time immemorial
- maintaining the fountain of youth.
I hope this
article provides a clearer direction and helps you practice
yoga and meditation with the right perspective.